Hartlepool gun battery will host Royal Artillery anniversary event

Tug Wilson with the Royal Artillery Association standard.
Tug Wilson with the Royal Artillery Association standard.

Hartlepool’s Heugh gun battery is to host an event when the town plays its part in national celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the Royal Artillery.

A titanium baton in the shape of a First World War shell that has travelled around the globe in the last year will stop off at the museum on Wednesday, May 18.

There was a big demand for it and it couldn’t go everywhere

Tug Wilson, Royal Artillery Association Hartlepool branch

A 10.30am ceremony attended by civic dignitaries, a regiment of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen will take place to recognise the important anniversary.

It has been arranged by the Hartlepool branch of the Royal Artillery Association.

Tug Wilson, who served with the Royal Artillery for 38 years, said: “There was a big demand and it couldn’t go everywhere.

“We have got it because Hartlepool is the only World War One battlefield that celebrates its coastal artillery.

“We are going to have one regiment there, a bugler, standards and an honour guard. The mayor is due to be there and there will be a short presentation about the anniversary project.

“It is also open to the public and the more that are there the merrier.”

The baton has travelled across the world after setting off from Woolwich last May and is on its way back to the Royal Artillery’s home at Larkshill, in Wiltshire where it will be presented to the Queen on May 26.

It is all part the Ubique 300 project. Ubique is Latin for ‘everywhere’ and is the motto of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers.

General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, master gunner, said: “We celebrate 300 years of remarkable achievements. We are a much smaller organisation, but like our forefathers we play a major part on the battlefield.”